Since I am based in San Francisco and post most of my reviews from places to eat in this beautiful city I get this question aaaaaa lot.
“What is the best taquería in San Francisco?”
Boom! I start sweating a little… because any single word I utter while answering this question will get me 40 people breathing down my neck (aka hostile inbox messages, which I love by the way).
Ok so how the fuck do you rely on reviews? and not any reviews: FOOD reviews?! Isnt it interesting that some people will swear on some tacos or mexican food place and the minute you actually give them a try you want to barf? It is very interesting to me that we have a common “language” on how food should taste. How do I know that I am tasting the same as you are? even if we are eating the same dish? What does my opinion matter?
The only “foodometer” I have to judge is that I am from Mexico, and I have lived there for more than 20 years, so I guess I have had my fare share of tacos, flautas, garnachas, memelas, tortas, tamales, mole and other amazing dishes.
I am not Anthony Bourdain, I am not a chef, I am not a critic & I havent eaten in all the Taquerías or Mexican food places in San Francisco… but I will answer the question previously stated according to my taste buds (and not going to lie, they are as mexican as they can get)
- Best street style tacos : Taquería Vallarta on 18th and 24th (the original) / Taquería El Castillito (is pretty damn good too) / Taquería San José
- Best Burritos: This will get San Franciscans fired up, because while burritos are Mexican, there is a category of its own: San Franciscan Burritos (mission style). This is definitely a tough one but there are several ones that I recommend:
- El Farolito (24th & Mission)
- El Papalote (their carne asada burrito is great, and they grill the tortilla! like it should be)
- Chilayo (now closed)
- Taquería Pancho Villa
- El Buen Sabor
- Some people will say “Gordos” or “Taquería Cancún”, they are good but not beyond amazing. People also will swear on “La Cumbre” … and while its apparently an historic place here in SF I would skip this place, the only amazing thing there is their habanero salsa.
- I am still hunting for crazy burritos (I would suggest trying “Off the Grid”, they have amazing korean, Indian and other fusion burritos)
- Best place to drink tequila? Head to Tommys in the Richmond District they have more than 100 bottles to choose from. Eat there? meh… stick to the booze.